Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the nice fortune to photographically doc 85% of the fowl species added to my “Life Record.” This weblog sequence showcases the pictures and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and a bit in regards to the surroundings and tradition of the realm. This Lifer weblog sequence begins with the primary LIFER outdoors of the US, Lifer #624 and proceeds chronologically ahead from there.
Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa) > Momotidae > Coraciiformes
IDENTIFICATION: Spectacular motmot of tropical lowlands, primarily in drier areas. Favors dry forest and edge, semiopen areas with scattered timber, gardens. One of many extra conspicuous motmots, particularly in spring, when typically perches on roadside wires and on open branches. Plumage distinctive, with turquoise forehead, turquoise-blue wings and tail with huge rackets. Nests colonially at cenotes (sacred wells) in some Maya ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico; motmot nests are burrows dug in banks, like a kingfisher.
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Yellow Star indications the placement of my Lifer sighting
DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: We obtained in very late to Tulum as a result of flight delays and misplaced baggage and needed to go away early to fulfill up with Miguel Amar Uribe from Amar Aves, Mexico Kan Excursions who was going to steer us on our first journey birding within the Yucatan. Miguel met us with a giant smile and we had been off to discover the pueblito of Chunyaxché and study in regards to the fowl life and cultural historical past of the realm. It was nice, barely heat and humid, with a number of billowing clouds above us. Over the subsequent 2 1/2 hours we might add 52 species to our first guidelines for Mexico and uncover 25 new “Lifer” species. For me, Lifers #624 to #648.
Chunyaxché/Muyil Ruins Lifer # 628 – Turquoise-browed Motmot
For many of the group of 25 Lifers that I encountered on this 2 1/2 hour stroll, there was actually nothing distinctive about any of the sightings except the Toucans and Jays. For all the others they had been all added slowly on the informal stroll by way of the city and alongside a number of the outer trails.
PHOTOS TAKEN: We noticed our “Lifer” first right here in Chunyaxché, however I used to be not fast sufficient to get a very good shot of it. Its distinctive “Croak” was fascinating to listen to. I solely noticed it one different time perched simply off the facet of the street close to Mancolona, Campeche, MX
BACKGROUND ABOUT THE TOWN OF CHUNYAXCHé
Nestled on the fringe of the large Sian Ka’an Biosphere and throughout the road from the Muyil Archeological Zone, the small city of Chunyaxché is surrounded by tall timber and thick vegetation and is a good spot for locating most of the areas birds. It’s positioned roughly 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of the coastal website of Tulum, within the Municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto within the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Nevertheless, with the development of the brand new Tulum Worldwide Airport and the Mayan Prepare line, this cozy city might be quickly altering.
Earlier 3 posts in my LIFER Weblog Collection.